Uptown Pony Club planned for former Friargate shop

Posted on - 18th February, 2019 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, City Centre, Food & Drink, Friargate, Nightlife, Preston City Centre, Preston News, Redevelopment, Restaurants in Preston, University campus, What's On in Preston
How the new bar and co-working space would look in Friargate Pic: Studio John Bridge
How the new bar and co-working space would look in Friargate Pic: Studio John Bridge

A new upmarket bar and restaurant is planned for Friargate.


Uptown Pony Club is the latest venture from The 85 Group who also run Baluga in the Miller Arcade.

With a hashtag branded on the side of its wall stating ‘PizzaNotPonies’ the bar is in the former Scene shop on the corner of Heatley Street.

Mr Carter has applied for permission to convert the former shop and offices into a bar on the ground floor and an event space, bar and art gallery and office on the first and second floor.

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Plans have been drawn up by architect John Bridge and say the building will also include a ‘co-working space’.

Director Nick Carter told Blog Preston: “Uptown Pony Club has been in the making for over a year and is undoubtedly a completely new concept that Preston hasn’t seen before.

“The name isn’t one you’ll forget. Everyone has a theory and it’s interesting to see what everyone is speculating! All I’ll say is that there will be Pizza, and there won’t be any Ponies!

“It’s the same team that’s behind Baluga, but is going to be the complete opposite in terms of look, feel and offering.

“Everyone will be welcome and we’ll be actively encouraging a culture of working and socialising together; something that is a standard in a lot of big cities.

“Me and the guys love Preston, were born here and are now heavily invested in the City and it’s future.

“The bar and restaurant is only one small part of what we’re trying to achieve down there and we’re really excited to get started.”

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You can see the full plans on the Preston city council website.

What do you make of the proposed new bar? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below

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